Craig Freeman was appointed City Manager of the City of Oklahoma City on Nov. 20, 2018, officially taking office Jan. 2, 2019.
The City Manager is the top staff member in Oklahoma City’s Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager oversees day-to-day operations, a staff of 4,803 employees and a budget of $1.57 billion.
As City Manager, Freeman also serves on the Airport Trust, Water Utilities Trust, Zoological Trust and the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority Board of Trustees.
Freeman was the City Finance Director from 2011 until his appointment as City Manager. He started his career with the City in 1992 as a Management and Budget Technician, earning promotions to Management and Budget Analyst, Management and Budget Specialist, Finance Department Business Manager and Budget Director.
As Finance Director, Freeman oversaw a staff of 85 across six divisions and coordinated the development and presentation of the City budget, Five-Year Financial Forecast, Capital Improvement Plan and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports, and provides other important financial services.
Freeman has also been involved in labor negotiations, economic development projects, developing the City’s general obligation bond programs and sales tax initiatives, and has served on several City boards and trusts. The City has maintained a AAA bond rating under his leadership.
Before coming to the City of Oklahoma City, Freeman was a teacher and coach at Windsor Hills Baptist School. He graduated in 1987 from Oklahoma Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science-public affairs in 1991 and a Master’s degree in urban affairs in 1992, both from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Freeman is a lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro. He and his wife, Rhonda have sons Chris and Nick, and daughter-in-law Haley; daughter Whitney and son-in-law Stephen; and grandsons Landon and Grayson.
Freeman succeeded James D. Couch as City Manager.